Sustainable Engineering MSc

This postgraduate programme embeds sustainability and sustainable development deep within the mind-set of engineers, providing them with the skills to design and construct new technologies, and envision engineering solutions that embrace the challenges of global sustainable development.

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Duration

12 months

UCAS code(s)

Start date

Overview
Why explore Sustainable Engineering at Aston University
john o sullivan

“All of the lecturers were outstanding, they became like friends with great support on the topics studied. The culture and diversity of Aston plays a huge part too. Teamwork is a great way to learn and with such a varied student background you learn a lot off each other.”

John O Sullivan, Design and Development Engineer

john o sullivan

“All of the lecturers were outstanding, they became like friends with great support on the topics studied. The culture and diversity of Aston plays a huge part too. Teamwork is a great way to learn and with such a varied student background you learn a lot off each other.”

John O Sullivan, Design and Development Engineer

Course outline and modules

The course was created to prepare the engineering professionals demanded to lead the transition process to hybrids, pure electric, autonomous and connected vehicles and develop the prospective related technologies.

It aims to provide automotive engineers and recent engineering graduates with multidisciplinary fundamental knowledge, awareness of breakthrough advancements and the necessary skills to attend the requirements of the modern electrified automotive industry.

The skills gaps addressed include a complete understanding of hybrid and electric powertrains, connected vehicles and autonomous driving, design of electric drives, low-carbon engines and fuels, and multiphysics modelling of automotive systems using advanced computational tools.

What You'll Learn

The course is tailored to the needs of the automotive and energy industries, to attain the low carbon technologies that will shape future mobility. The students will access a well-suited programme of unmatched characteristics, featuring an original blend of multidisciplinary content delivered by a large team of specialists in each individual topic.

Modules

The following core (c) and optional (o) modules are offered in the programme, with the corresponding learning outcomes:

Hybrid and Electric Powertrains (c)

  • Design and optimise electrified powertrains using major concepts in mathematics and powertrain engineering
  • Recommend the computational approaches and tools that can be used to design modern electrified powertrains and the optimal subsystem integration (e.g. drives, transmission, storage, energy harnessers, etc)
  • Modify the powertrain design in order to meet the industry standard, user requirements and the environmental regulations
  • Collaborate with other disciplines related to powertrain design in order to develop solutions usable with wide range of vehicles

Power Electronics and Electric Drives (c)

  • Demonstrate the core knowledge in power electronics and electric drives within the context of electric vehicles
  • Recognise future technologies in power electronics and electric drives that lead to vehicle electrification
  • Judge the available technologies and its suitability for future vehicles with the aid of computational tools
  • Evaluate the challenges of implementing the new technologies in power electronics and electric drives in future vehicles considering the industry standards and environmental regulations

Vehicle Automation and Connectivity (c)

  • Demonstrate the general knowledge of communication, machine learning and cybersecurity
  • Evaluate the state-of-the-art technologies in autonomous vehicle communication and machine learning
  • Critique the open literature to assess the available technologies and its suitability for future vehicles considering business and end-user needs
  • Work in a team towards proposing solutions to address the challenges of implementing the new technologies in future vehicles and communicate their idea to a wide audience

New Engines and Alternative Fuels (c)

  • Distinguish new engine technologies, boosting methods, energy recovery systems and their utilisation in low-emission vehicles
  • Evaluate the data informed by state-of-the-art research directly related to advanced technologies in engines and fuels
  • Produce solutions using computational tools to design and integrate different energy recovery systems in low-emission vehicles
  • Recommend adequate types of renewable fuels for different applications and their implications on the overall engine performance and emission from knowledge exchange in group work

Multiphysics System Design (c)

  • Evaluate the data informed by a predefined constrained case study, propose a sustainable impactful solution and communicate the proposed solution to a wider audience
  • Plan independently and select appropriate techniques and methodologies to develop creative solutions to predefined problems in the automotive industry considering business and end-user needs
  • Originate a design for a vehicle component or subsystem underpinned by engineering principles and utilising engineering computational tools
  • Work effectively with other disciplines, exchange the knowledge with others and share the best engineering practice

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Applications (o)

  • Apply commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes to fluid flow calculations encompassing vehicular system evaluation
  • Discuss the underlying principles of CFD analysis and finite volume methods including meshing and employing solution algorithms for efficient convergence control
  • Effectively utilise numerical models in flow modelling, e.g. turbulence models and boundary conditions
  • Plan and execute analysis, optimisation and evaluation of fluid flow using CFD

Finite Element Analysis and Solid Mechanics (o)

  • Use a commercial software package to perform finite element analysis (FEA) applied to vehicle components and systems
  • Discuss FEA analysis and results in future vehicle technologies
  • Describe the principles of FEA
  • Assess the accuracy of FEA solutions for vehicle parts and mechanisms

Research Methods (c)

  • Apply creative and strategic thinking, identify a problem relevant to the degree programme and make independent judgments about approaches and solutions, adopt a structured approach to problem solving and project development
  • Develop awareness of current trends and challenges within chosen field of project gaining in-depth knowledge of science, technology and state of the art and acquiring practical insights through hands-on experimentation and interaction with experts, specialised equipment, and potential users
  • Create evidence of the research and problem investigation for professional or academic purposes
  • Carry out independent research, managing time and resources effectively while evaluating project risks

Dissertation (c)

  • Develop a research hypothesis drawn from comprehensive survey of state-of-the-art technological advances to develop a sustainable solution for an emerging challenge in modern automotive industry
  • Observe and analyse the data generated to draw applicable recommendations in the field of study
  • Communicate the research findings to a wide circle of audience from different backgrounds (e.g. engineers, technicians, entrepreneurs)

Professional Practice

The difference between this course and the MSc Future Vehicle Technologies course is that this one features a professional placement. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement, with the help of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities. Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students getting professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support. Please find more about the time frame under ‘Learning, teaching and assessment’.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The programme will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations and practical assessments.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for each individual student will be stated in their offer letter.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £9,450

EU/International students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £18,750

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Scholarships

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here. If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Teaching staff and contact details

Programme directory:

  • Dr Ricardo Sodré (Director)
  • Dr Ahmed Rezk (Deputy Director)

Modules leaders

  • Dr Ricardo Sodré
  • Prof Wen-Ping Cao
  • Dr Brian Price
  • Dr Ahmed Rezk
  • Dr Gregory Swadener
  • Dr Muhammad Azmat

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Future Vehicle Technologies at Aston?

The MSc programme will enable you to update and acquire new expertise required to face the challenges of vehicle electrification and road decarbonisation. You will gain a wide range of skills and acquaintance with hybrid and electric vehicles, autonomous driving, low-carbon engines and fuels, multiphysics design of automotive systems, and more.

What will I be doing on the Future Vehicle Technologies course at Aston?

You'll be provided with fundamental knowledge, awareness of breakthrough advancements and the necessary skills to attend the requirements of the modern electrified automotive industry.

You’ll access a well-suited programme of unmatched characteristics, featuring an original blend of multidisciplinary content delivered by a large team of specialists in each individual topic. .

 

Register your interest


The information you provide will be used by Aston University to contact you about the University, courses you may be interested in and events you may wish to attend, for anything outside of this purpose we will obtain your consent. Your data is subject to Aston University’s privacy policy and cookie policy.  For further information, please visit www.aston.ac.uk/dataprotection